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New York's air quality reaches 50-year best

Living in a major city can have its drawbacks, especially when you have to deal with the pollution that stems from heavy traffic and a large population. New York City is taking steps to limit these problems, however, and citywide efforts have resulted in The Big Apple having its best air quality in 50 years. 

The New York Times reported that sulfur dioxide levels have fallen 69 percent since 2008, while soot pollution has also dropped more than 23 percent since 2007. Much of this can be attributed to businesses throughout the area moving to cleaner fuels. 

"The continued health benefits of this conversion to cleaner heating fuels will make it the single biggest step to save lives since we began our comprehensive smoking control program," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a new conference, as quoted by The New York Times. "... When you look at the results like that, at the lives being saved and the illnesses being prevented, it tells you that we're definitely doing something right." 

Although air quality in New York is improving, there is still a lot of work that can be done to improve the environment in your own home. Many city residents use air purifiers, such as the IQAir GC MultiGas, to clear the air of a wide variety of irritants. Whether you want to reduce household odors, second-hand smoke or airborne toxins, these air filter purifiers can make a big difference.